Review of 60 Days of Happiness

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In 60 Days of Happiness: Discover God’s Promise of Relentless Joy author Randy Alcorn draws on his previous book Happiness to make a devotional that will help readers understand the biblical truth behind happiness.

The title of each days devotion is a question concerning happiness and its relation to biblical teaching and the body of each devotion seeks to answer the question put forward. For example the first devotion addresses the question of why everyone wants to be happy and shows that our desire for happiness points us to a desire for something greater namely God himself. Alcorn addresses some of the most important misconceptions surrounding happiness pointing readers to the importance of happiness in the Christian life.

Christianity sometimes gets a bad wrap of being a religion for unhappy cranks. If you know someone who thinks that God wants everyone to be holy and miserable there are few resources out there that will help them understand the biblical nature of happiness more than this devotional. I would commend it to anyone who wants to better understand the biblical truth that God does indeed want us to have joy and happiness in Him.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Review of 90 Days in John 14-17, Romans, James

 

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There are some devotionals that draw attention to themselves and then there are devotionals that draw attention to the Bible and 90 Days in John 14-17, Romans, James by Timothy Keller and Sam Allberry is one of the latter type.

Each days devotion helps the reader work through a passage of Scripture providing questions that help with reflection on the meaning of the text. Some of the devotions also help the reader pray through the passage in question. Each devotion provides ample space to write out prayers and reflections on the days passage.

This is my first exposure to the Explore by the Book series but given the quality of this devotional it will be a series I explore further. If you’re looking for a devotional that will aid that will attract you to the word rather than distract you this should be at the top of your list.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

Review: Daily Readings From the Christian in Complete Armour

In Daily Readings from the Christian in Complete Armour James S Bell Jr. has edited William Gurnall’s massive work The Christian in Complete Armour into a more modestly sized daily devotional.

Gurnall’s original work unabridged comes in at 1240 pages in the single volume Banner of Truth addition. Utilizing the three volume revised and abridged edition, which itself is 1036 pages, Bell has drawn out devotional gems for the reader to feat upon daily. For those who don’t read older English works the updating of language will help the modern reader grasp what Gurnall is saying. I have compared this work with the full unabridged edition which I have, and the update is faithful to the original.

Why should you consider reading this devotional this year? In my opinion Gurnall’s work is one of the most important works on spiritual warfare out there. The Puritans had a view of God and commitment to Scripture that is lacking in many instances in contemporary evangelicalism. Others have commended Gurnall’s work better than I could. John Newton author of the hymn Amazing Grace said, ‘If I might read only one book beside the Bible, I would choose The Christian in Complete Armour.’ J.C. Ryle said, ‘You will often find in a line and a half some great truth, put so concisely, and yet so fully, that you really marvel how so much thought could be got into so few words.’ Gurnall’s concise way of stating  biblical principals is faithfully captured in this devotional.

If you haven’t found a devotional to use in this new year get this one. If you have already found one, get this one anyway. Simply put get this.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book from Moody Press for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

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